Weddell Sea and Larsen Ice Shelf

From Santiago / Ushuaia to Ushuaia / Santiago
  • All Antarctic Cruises
  • Antarctic Peninsula
  • Expedition
  • Small Ship Cruising
  • Wildlife and Nature
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Tour Description

Experience the incredible sights of the Weddell Sea on this unique Antarctic expedition. A voyage that promises incredible landscapes and unforgettable encounters. Discover the immense polar landscapes of Antarctica as you cruise the South Shetland Islands, North Antarctic Peninsula and legendary Larsen Ice shelf. Discover the colossal sights of the Larsen ice sheet as you search for incredible wildlife among immense icebergs and frozen glaciers. 

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Sail into the heart of the ice of the Weddell Sea, discovering the impressive Larsen Ice Shelf and its immense table top icebergs.

Discover the Weddell Sea wildlife: Weddell seals, crabeater seals and leopard seals, Adelie penguins, humpback whales, sea birds.

Thrill Seekers may have the opportunity to experience Antarctica in a Hot Air Balloon, Kayaking, Snowmobiles and Polar Diving

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Santiago

Arrive Santiago anytime. We recommend arriving at least 1 or 2 days before departure to allow time for you to enjoy and explore Chile’s capital city and cultural centre.

Dinner is included tonight at your hotel

Overnight in a 5 star hotel in Santiago (to be confirmed closer to travel)

Day 2
Fly Santiago to Ushuaia - Embarkation Day

Early morning transfer to Santiago Airport for your charter flight to Ushuaia (Included).
A light morning breakfast will be served before leaving for the airport for your Santiago/Ushuaia flight.
Upon arrival into Ushuaia some free time may be permitted before boarding Le Commandant-Charcot

A Light Breakfast and Dinner is Included today

Overnight onboard Le Commandant-Charcot in your selected cabin

Day 3-4
Crossing the Drake Passage

Use your days spent in the Drake Passage to familiarise yourself with your ship and deepen your knowledge of the Antarctic. The Expedition Leader will first present the IAATO rules of conduct that must be observed during landings in the region and will explain everything you need to know about the Zodiac® outings. Lectures about the history and wildlife of the Antarctic will be an opportunity for you to learn more about this magical region, where every cruise is a unique experience. From the ship’s bridge, you will experience exceptional sailing moments before joining the naturalist-guides on your ship’s exterior decks to look out for albatrosses, cape petrels, and other seabirds flying over the Drake Passage

All meals included
Overnight onboard Le Commandant-Charcot in your selected cabin

Day 5
South Shetland Islands

On the edge of the Antarctic Peninsula, 120 km (70 miles) from the White Continent, the South Shetland Islands offer surreal and mysterious scenery. On these volcanic islands of dark rock, the landscapes alternate between long, jagged and snow-covered coast and large, gently sloping bays. These lunar and wild lands are home to important scientific research stations and a large number of animal species: chinstrap penguins, crabeater seals or Weddell seals, Antarctic terns, giant petrels and elephant seals have taken up residence here

All meals included

Overnight onboard Le Commandant-Charcot in your selected cabin

Day 6
Antarctica Peninsula

Throughout your time in the north of the Antarctic Peninsula, you will find yourself in the heart of a spectacular decor in subtle shades of blue and white, surrounded by exceptional wildlife. You will sail through the Antarctic Sound, named after Swedish explorer Otto Nordenskjöld’s ship, which was trapped by the ice during an important scientific expedition in 1902. The gateway to the Weddell Sea, this sound is filled with gigantic tabular icebergs and plates of sea ice drifting northward from the coastal areas of this vast sea. It is home to Adelie penguins and a great many leopard seals.

All meals included

Overnight onboard Le Commandant-Charcot in your selected cabin

Day 7
Weddell Sea

Amidst the eerie stillness of the Weddell Sea, you'll wend your way through a veritable labyrinth of dense ice floe and majestic table icebergs. Sweeping ice platforms sculpt a landscape unlike any other, populated by fur seals, penguins, wandering albatross and other imposing seabirds. The Weddell seal, king of this realm, will welcome you to his territory with a haunting cry that pierces the surrounding silence. You'll recognise him by his dark grey coat and spotted belly. Weddell seals have the impressive distinction of being able to stay underwater for more than an hour.

All meals included

Overnight onboard Le Commandant-Charcot in your selected cabin

Day 8-9
Sailing towards Larsen Ice Shelf

On the Weddell Sea, you will sail close to the gigantic Larsen ice shelves. These floating ice shelves help to prevent the erosion of the Antarctic ice sheet. Over the last fifty years, scientists have however observed regular collapses of these shelves, along giant cracks that can be several hundred kilometres long and deep. In 2017, a portion measuring more than 6,000 km2, so barely smaller than Corsica, had broken off the Larsen C ice shelf, forming one of the largest tabular icebergs in the world. This disintegration is believed to be due in part to global warming and melting sea ice.

All meals included

Overnight onboard Le Commandant-Charcot in your selected cabin

Day 10
Weddell Sea

Amidst the eerie stillness of the Weddell Sea, you'll wend your way through a veritable labyrinth of dense ice floe and majestic table icebergs. Sweeping ice platforms sculpt a landscape unlike any other, populated by fur seals, penguins, wandering albatross and other imposing seabirds. The Weddell seal, king of this realm, will welcome you to his territory with a haunting cry that pierces the surrounding silence. You'll recognise him by his dark grey coat and spotted belly. Weddell seals have the impressive distinction of being able to stay underwater for more than an hour.

All meals included

Overnight onboard Le Commandant-Charcot in your selected cabin

Day 11
Crossing the Drake Passage

If there is one place, one sea, one waterway dreaded by tourists, researchers and hardened seafarers alike, it is undoubtedly Drake Passage. Situated at the latitude of the infamous Furious Fifties winds, between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands, it is the shortest route to connect Antarctica to South America. Seasoned navigators will tell you that you must earn your visit to the White Continent! As the Antarctic convergence zone where cold currents rising up from the South Pole meet warmer equatorial water masses, Drake Passage harbours a very diverse marine fauna. Don't forget to look to the sky to catch a glimpse of elegant albatross and Cape petrels, playfully floating about in the wind around your ship.

All meals included

Overnight onboard Le Commandant-Charcot in your selected cabin

Day 12
Disembarkation Ushuaia - Fly to Santiago

Arrival back into Ushuaia this morning, and transfer to the airport for your departing flight to Santiago. Services end upon arrival into Santiago Airport.

We recommend you stay at least 1 night in Santiago post-cruise, as we are unable to confirm the flight times until closer to travel.

NOTE:
We are privileged guests in these remote lands where we are at the mercy of weather, ice, tidal and current conditions. Landings on certain sites and the observation of certain wildlife cannot be guaranteed. They vary from day to day, making each cruise a unique experience. The Captain and the Expedition Leader will make every effort to ensure that your experience is as rich as possible, while complying with the safety rules and instructions imposed by the IAATO.

Need help with pre or post cruise travel arrangements? Interested in extending your stay to visit other amazing destinations in Latin America. Be sure to ask your travel adviser for more details

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 11 nights in a Superior Cabin on board Le Commondant Charcot
  • Included Copy 31 Cabin upgrades available
  • Included Copy 20 1 night pre-cruise 5 star hotel in Santiago
Food
  • Included Copy 20 All meals whilst on board
  • Included Copy 20 Open bar & room service 24 hours (conditions apply)
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 All tours mentioned with professional English speaking guide (subject to weather conditions)
  • Included Copy 20 Parker to keep & boots to Loan while on the cruise
  • Included Copy 20 Included activities: Hovercraft, Hot Air Balloon, Kayaking, Zodiacs, Hiking & Snowmobiles
  • Included Copy 20 Return charter flight from/to Santiago/Ushuaia
  • Included Copy 31 Euro Currency on-board
  • Included Copy 31 Optional Polar Diving (Additional costs)
  • Included Copy 7 International flights, Travel Insurance, Gratuities / Tips are not included
  • Included Copy 7 Personal expenses such as laundry, on board communication (telephone calls, faxes, email)
Transportation
Le Commandant Charcot | Antarctic Cruise Ship

270 (200 in Antarctica) Passengers

Activities

  • Included Kayaking in Antarctica *with limited places available
  • Included Hiking
  • Included Snowmobiles exploring the white continent
  • Included Wildlife observation
  • Included Hovercraft Explorations
  • Included Hot Air Balloon Flights *with limited places available
  • Included Polar Diving *with limited places available, additional costs apply
  • Included Zodiac explorations
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